One story house plans are striking in their variety. Large single story floor plans offer space for families and entertainment; smaller layouts are ideal for first-time buyers; and cozy cottages make for affordable vacation retreats. Among popular single-level styles, ranch house plans are an American classic, and practically defined the one-story home as a sought after design. 1 story or single level open concept ranch floor plans (also called ranch style house plans with open floor plans)—a modern layout within a classic architectural design--are an especially trendy, practical and beautiful choice.
Another important advantage that one-story homes have over two-story homes: greater accessibility. Aging in place isn’t a glamorous topic or one that most of us want to consider, but even if you’re lucky enough to retain mobility for decades to come, what if you have an elderly, less-mobile relative come to live with you? By choosing a plan with minimal stairs, you make it easier for everyone to get around. Now that’s planning for the future.
If you’re concerned that a one story house plan may not offer the space or privacy you desire, note that many of the designs in this collection feature well over 4,000 square feet. Additionally, some one story homes present their master suite on a separate wing of the floor plan, offering seclusion from other bedrooms.